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Fan rant of the day: Wijnaldum is setting standards no one thought he would

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Played seven, won seven. Liverpool have been fantastic so far this season and haven’t even played to their best abilities yet.

The Reds haven’t been slick in the attack but the defence and the midfield have proven that we are more than just a team that just survives in attack mode.

Our goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets and we haven’t conceded a lot of goals. However, one surprising aspect of our team has been the midfield and how a couple of players have really stepped up.

James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have been immense in our mini-run so far and their consistency has been excellent.

Arise, Sir Gini Wijnaldum!

While Milner was always a player giving his best for the team, Wijnaldum is the real surprise this season and the Dutchman is only getting better with each game.

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The former Newcastle midfielder was previously running about without much effect but this season, in a No.6 position, the Dutchman has been our best player in a few games.

In fact, a number of fans seem to have forgotten about a player we lost in the summer on a free transfer.

Emre Can was a player who divided opinion amongst the Liverpool fans and losing him to Juventus on a free seemed to be a bit of a blow. But the performances of Milner and Wijnaldum, especially, have turned some Liverpool fans around.

Can isn’t a starter for Juventus at the moment and the German has one assist to his name from five Serie A games. Wijnaldum, for his part, has a goal to his name but more than that, his composure on the ball and passing skills have been exceptional.

Truth be told, I was certain Wijnaldum would either be sold or kept on the bench once we brought in the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita.

Wijnaldum had played the attacking midfielder’s role a few times last season but didn’t wow anybody. Fabinho, in fact, seemed suited to playing the deeper role alongside Jordan Henderson.

However, the Dutch midfielder hasn’t made a mistake so far and neither Keita nor Fabinho have looked close to becoming regulars in the team.

The Brazilian hasn’t even made a start for the Reds but that should change since we are playing a game every few days now.

The fact that he pushed himself and has improved so much is a testament Wijnaldum’s will-power and determination.

The 27-year-old has found another gear and credit must also been given to Jurgen Klopp for taking the player to the next level.

Read more: “The #6 is suiting you” – Some Liverpool fans praise midfielder’s performance in 2-1 win over Spurs

It would have been difficult to think about Wijnaldum being such an important player for us but the midfielder certainly is one of the first names in the starting XI at the moment. Let’s hope he continues like this till the end of the season.

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

Read more: Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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Liverpool handed triple injury boost ahead of Huddersfield clash

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Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have been handed a triple boost ahead of their game against Huddersfield on Saturday. The Mirror reports that Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Mohamed Salah are certain of being fit for the Premier League game.

Milner had injured his hamstring in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City and was expected to be out of action until December, as per the report.

However, the Englishman has made a remarkable recovery, and the report adds that Liverpool’s medics have given him the all-clear to make a comeback.

Milner has to take part in full training on Thursday to have a chance of making it to the team for the Huddersfield game.

Salah and Van Dijk also had injuries during the international break. However, the Egyptian only has a slight muscle strain while the Dutch defender has been dealing with a rib injury that requires pain-killers, as per the report.

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James Milner

The forward is returning to Liverpool for further treatment and should participate in full training before Thursday, according to the Mirror.

Ronald Koeman shed light on Van Dijk’s problem and was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

Liverpool should be favourites for the three points against the Terriers and if Salah and Van Dijk start, we should come out easy winners on Saturday.

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